Instagrammer: @kamcline

Every month I talk to a new photographer on Instagram.  They share their favorite locations, camera gear, and the best practices to have on Instagram. This week is Cam Cline, a freelance photographer and editor based in Seagrove, Florida.

What inspired you to start photography?  Are there any specific photographers on Instagram that inspire you? 

My very first inspiration for photography was all ocean related. Being able to grab any type of camera and go out into the water, whether I was shooting waves, surfing, or diving. It was huge to me just being able to go create something. The first IG’ers that really inspired me were guys like @zaknoyle and @jake_of_all_trades, they seemed to always have a perfect amount of ocean photographs and landscapes. Recently I’ve been more outdoor and night photography inspired, and the Instagrammers that catch my eye are @roycebairphoto and @alexstrohl.

You capture a decent amount of photos out in natural springs and the ocean.  What about water photography draws you in to take photos?

As I mentioned above my very first love for photography came from being in the water. I was hooked instantly. Growing up surfing and always at the beach I started to process views and feelings that I knew I eventually just had to capture with a camera. Like going out for a sunset surf or diving with no one else around, being able to experience those things was always key for me, and adding the camera was just icing on the cake!

You also create some incredible photo compositions using Photoshop.  What is your favorite Photoshop edit you have done? 

Favorite question! I studied graphic design before ever getting into photography, and I still really love to create digital images based off a story, or a certain feeling. This one’s probably my favorite of them all. I made it after coming home from a trip out west with my friends, and it sort of captured some of the vibe of that trip. 

Keep a weather eye on the horizon...

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You also have captured many night photos in nature. What is the most difficult aspect of night photography?

Recently shooting outdoor lifestyle and especially astrophotography has been my passion. I’d say the most difficult part of it all is location and planning. If you get lazy with the spots you pick, your images really show that. Being able to plan ahead, travel with a purpose, and go the full distance; to me those things can make or break a great idea for an outdoor/nature image.

What camera gear do you shoot with?

I use a Nikon d3300 body and my go-to lenses include a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, as well as a Nikkor 35mm f1.8. I also use a few different ND filters from Hoya Filters for certain landscapes.

What advice would you give to the starting photographer?

Always plan ahead to the next thing. Whether it’s a simple idea, travel, a photoshoot, whatever it is, keep yourself busy!

Lastly what advice would you give to the beginning photographer on Instagram trying to expose their work?

Find your photographic niche and roll with it, and just keep posting the type of images you love. Eventually you’ll notice how much you are improving on those things, as will your followers.

To see more of Cam's work go here

 

Instagrammer: @missmeghanyoung

Every month I talk to a new photographer on Instagram.  They share their favorite locations, camera gear, and the best practices to have on Instagram. This week is Meghan Young, a freelance content producer who is located in Seattle, Washington.

What inspired you to start photography? Are there any specific photographers on Instagram that inspire you?

My dad was the original inspiration for my love of photography. He was always snapping pictures on our family trips and was the first person to teach me about the rule of thirds and centering. I’m inspired by the raw beauty of the natural environments that I spend so much of my time traveling to; the way the light plays along distant ridges, perfect reflections in still alpine lakes, and the fiery effect of the setting and rising sun. I enjoy the challenge of snapping photos that capture the physical and emotional beauty of these moments so that they will live on, even after my body prevent me from getting after it in the same way. A few photographers who always inspire me are @pnw_wanderer_, @nickrlake, @mitchpittman, @bryanadamc, and @the_power_of_failing. They all have vastly different styles and capture magic in their own way, check them out!

One of the things I love about your photography work is how you show all the different seasons in nature.  What is your favorite season to photograph?

Each season has it’s own unique beauty, it’s impossible to pick just one. The summer brings vivid blues and bright pops of color from fields of wildflowers. The fall is a riot of crimson and gold as leaves shed their trees and the larches turn in the high country. Winter has a more stark beauty, with ice and snow taking over once-familiar landscapes, turning them into something out of a dream. Spring is full of fresh pops of green and the brightest turquoise shade you’ll ever see as alpine lakes slowly melt. I love them all. One of my favorite things to photograph, no matter the season, is alpenglow—that moment during sunrise or sunset when the sun casts a rosy, warm light on distant mountain peaks. It feels special every time I see it!

What is your most favorite picture you have captured?

 I feel so fortunate to have experienced so many amazing things in my life and to have photos that correspond to those memories! One of my favorite recent photos is this one of Rita, one of my dear friends. It was taken on a thru-hike of the Enchantments, a magical spot in the Central Cascades of Washington. Rita had never been before and watching her scamper around, taking in the stunning views that the trail had to offer, filled me with joy! It’s always fun to experience familiar places through new eyes.

What's the longest hike you have ever been on?

I recently climbed Mount Olympus in the Olympic Range of Washington State. We logged around 47 miles in our successful 3-day summit bid with rather heavy packs and it may not have been my longest hike by the miles but it certainly felt like it was on the way down! 

What's your thought process when composing a picture?

It depends! Sometimes we are on the trail and moving through the backcountry so quickly that there isn’t any time to think about what I’m shooting—I just keep my camera out and snap a shot of anything that draws my attention. Other times I have the option of going slower and that’s when I get to sit back and think about it a bit more. I love shooting tiny people in these vast landscapes; it gives a sense of perspective. I also love capturing candid portraits and small details though I tend to post less of those. I love shooting in the morning when the light is still soft and golden or in the afternoon/evening. In true PNW fashion, I also always enjoy it when the moody clouds come out to play. 

What camera gear do you shoot with?

I lug my Nikon d7100, tripod, and a few different lenses with me on virtually every trip. Camera gear isn’t light but I always think of it as training weight and have yet to regret bringing it along! I have a small point and shoot that I’ll also take along from time to time and of course, I always have the good ol’ iPhone for those moments when I can’t be bothered to grab my camera!

What advice would you give to the starting photographer?

Find subject matter that you love and take a million pictures of it. Play around with the different settings and features on your camera and see what works for you. The beauty of shooting digital is that you don’t have to worry if the shots turn out or not, just learn from the bad ones and carry on.  Don’t worry about having the nicest gear or the newest model of camera, just get out there and figure out what you like. If you can find your photographic “voice” you will be able to create and share beauty. 

Lastly what advice would you give to the beginning photographer on Instagram trying to expose their work on Instagram?

Similar to the above advice, find what you love and spend your time photographing and posting about that.  I don’t mean that you should avoid trying new things—simply that you shouldn’t spend your time and talent documenting things that don’t truly interest you in the interest of getting a few extra likes. Don’t be afraid to talk to people whose style you admire and ask them questions about their work; so many people are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Stay safe in the pursuit of your art and make ethical decisions. I have seen a lot of people, especially in the outdoor and adventure photography world, take risks and ignore sound outdoor ethics to “get the shot” for the ‘gram and I don’t think that’s a legacy any of us should strive to leave behind. Perhaps most importantly, have fun with it!

To see more of Meghan's work go here!

 

Instagrammer: @J_chazrich

Every month I talk to a new photographer on Instagram.  They share their favorite locations, camera gear, and the best practices to have on Instagram. This week is Jeff Richards, a photographer who is located in Boulder, Colorado.

 

What inspired you to start photography? Are there any specific photographers on Instagram that inspire you?

The thing that really inspired me to pick up a camera was boredom. When I was still in school in Seattle I was constantly bored and sort of let down by the entire concept of school. It wasn’t fulfilling, and certainly wasn’t making me happy, so I looked for a way to escape that. I would go on hikes almost every weekend with friends, and would take pictures with my phone because I thought it was fun. People seemed to really enjoy these pictures, so eventually I bought my first DSLR, and within the year had dropped out of school entirely. A lot of the people who inspire me I’m lucky enough to call my friends. Artistically, Garrett King (@short_stache), Scott Kranz (@Scott_Kranz), Jacob Moon (@moonmountainman) and of course guys like Cory Richards (@CoryRichards) and Renan Ozturk (@renan_ozturk) definitely inspire me. Lately I’ve found a lot of inspiration in bad ass athletes who take pictures of their adventures, local people like Austin Porzak (@aporzak1) Dan Sohner (@dansohner) and Kim (KB) Bess (@halfpint22), and the guys everyone knows like Jimmy Chin.

I noticed that you hike a lot in snow-capped mountains. What is the most dangerous aspect of hiking in the snow at high altitudes?

In the mountains there is, unfortunately, a lot of things that can go wrong at any moment. My biggest fear has always been avalanches. Some of the snow slopes I climb are right in the sweet spot for avalanches, and since I climb alone a lot, it kind of freaks me out.

What is your favorite location to photograph at?  

My favorite shooting location is probably Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s close to where I live, and full of some of the most scenic hikes and climbs in the state. It seems like all the states best peaks somehow got clustered together in this one area. I consider myself lucky to be able to explore it so often. Even though I’m up there almost every weekend it feels like, there always seems to be something new to discover.

You seem to be very drawn to landscape photography. What about landscapes makes you want to capture them?

Landscapes intrigue me simply because of their vastness. To realize how big our world is compared to ourselves is very humbling, and I love trying to capture that sense of size.

What is the most memorable hike you have been on in the mountains while capturing photos?

The most memorable hike was probably one to Chasm Lake, in Rocky Mountain National Park. Chasm Lake sits right at the base of a huge vertical wall of granite (think alpine Yosemite) that leads right up to the summit of probably Colorado’s most famous 14,000 foot peak; Long’s Peak. The hike is not particularly hard, but some friends and I went last January and had to deal with negative temperatures and winds so strong they frequently knocked us over. After hiking for a few hours in the dark, we started approaching the lake and the most brilliant red sunrise happened to our backs. Every part of the mountain was glowing red like I’ve never seen before. When we got to the lake itself, it was completely frozen and smooth as glass with huge, beautiful cracks going every direction. It was definitely one of the coolest sights I’ve seen.

What camera gear do you shoot with?

For cameras I use a 5D markIII and a Sony a6300. I recently got the Sony as a way to still shoot when weight was a big factor, such as on runs and shorter day hikes.

What advice would you give to the starting photographer?

I’m not sure I can really give advice, as I’m not some pro who has everything figured out. But I guess I would say really take time in developing your own style. Things like Instagram really favor a few particular styles, which makes it very enticing to just copy what everyone else is doing, but you’ll be happier just making your own name for yourself with a style and pictures that are true to who you are.

Lastly what advice would you give to the beginning photographer on Instagram trying to expose their work?

As far as exposure goes, don’t worry about it too much. Use hashtags and such that will connect you to the kind of people you want to be associated with, try to be meaningful with how you connect with people, try to build real relationships, and don’t worry about the rest.

To see more of Jeff's photography go here!